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  1. 1. Africa: Across a Continent by Private Jet An Exclusive Private Charter for 40 Guests with Special Guest Geoffrey Kent March 2–20, 2014
  2. 2. Rome, Italy | A Journey Begins March 2 On arrival in Rome, meet your A&K representative and transfer by private car to your hotel. Gather with your fellow guests at a cocktail reception in a private venue at your hotel, the St. Regis Rome. Meals: D Ethiopia | Ancient Churches March 3-4 Your private jet whisks you southward to Ethiopia, the ancient desert seat of the Queen of Sheba and among the first regions on earth to embrace Christianity. Your first night features a welcome dinner with traditional music. Set out the next day on a local charter flight for a day in Lalibela, an isolated town famous for its churches carved directly from the pink granite earth. A local priest sheds insight on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church; afterward, enjoy a presentation of traditional religious songs. Return to Addis Ababa to view a replica of “Lucy,” one of the world’s most famous early human fossils, at the National Museum, where a curator describes her discovery and significance. This evening, meet with special guests and local dignitaries at a cocktail reception before dinner at the hotel. Meals: B L D Explore Lalibela’s extraordinary rock-carved churches and then meet with a local priest, who illuminates the history of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Sheraton Addis Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Located in the city center, the Sheraton Addis is a model of African elegance, with several restaurants and lounges, a full-featured spa and an on-site gallery of Ethiopian art.
  3. 3. Uganda | Mountain Gorillas March 5-7 Leave behind the stark landscape of Ethiopia for the mountains, crater lakes, waterfalls and lush rainforests of Uganda. Your destination is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Your first day includes a visit to the Victory Primary School to meet the students, who entertain you with song. The centerpiece of your stay is your gorilla tracking adventure, a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to meet one of our closest biological relatives up close and in its natural habitat. Set out with your experienced forest guide into the jungle in search of a gorilla family; the hike is challenging, but the rewards are more than worth the effort as you spend an hour observing these magnificent creatures, watching them forage, play and interact. Learn more about these amazing animals during a special lecture by the Head Ranger. While in Bwindi, you may also visit the village of Buhoma to meet with a medicine man and visit a local hospital supported by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy. If you prefer not to trek both days, the Batwa Experience provides a unique encounter with living history, a chance to talk, hike and engage in a mock hunt with this renowned African tribe. Meals: B L D Experience the lifestyle of the Batwa pygmy tribe with a full day’s immersion into their culture, with a chance to try your hand at archery, traditional dances and even a mock hunt. Camping in Bwindi forest Bwindi National Park, Uganda Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge and Mahogany Springs Lodge offer comfortable accommodations in the heart of Bwindi National Park, with spacious rooms, tents or cottages and a cozy dining area. All three camps are reserved for your exclusive use on this journey.
  4. 4. Tanzania | On Safari with Geoffrey Kent March 8-10 From verdant Uganda, your private jet takes you to the sweeping, hill-dotted plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park — true safari country. Serengeti is home to the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, rhinos, and elephants), along with giraffes, gazelles, zebras and much more. Your arrival coincides with the Serengeti seasonal migration, an annual wonder in which hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras cross the plains in search of grazing land, closely watched by the animals that prey on them. Arrive at your private safari camp where your host, A&K founder Geoffrey Kent, is on hand to welcome you. For three days, join Geoffrey on game drives to observe the Serengeti’s priceless living bounty, unwinding at the end of the day with a gourmet meal and a complimentary treatment in the massage tent. Between game drives, experience the varied pleasures on offer in the Serengeti. A morning hot-air balloon flight is an unforgettable way to observe life on the plains, followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush. You also meet members of the local Maasai tribe, who stage a performance right in your camp, and learn about two of the Serengeti’s top predators, lions and cheetahs, from conservation experts working to preserve these animals. Meals: B L D “I look forward to acting as your host on safari, and introducing you to East Africa at its most authentic.” — Geoffrey Kent A&K Mobile tented camp Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Our exclusive mobile camps offer five-star luxury in the bush, with veranda-fronted tents complete with en suite bathrooms, as well as service so attentive you never need to ask for something twice — and usually, not even once.
  5. 5. Zambia | Victoria Falls March 11-13 Departing the Serengeti for Zambia, watch from the window of your private jet as the landscape gradually transforms from dry scrubland into verdant plains carved by flowing waters. Enjoy a luncheon overlooking the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls, with the gentle sounds of an African choir providing the backdrop. The Zambezi River flows evenly over a bed of basalt before tumbling down a ravine more than a mile across and 350 feet high, sending a cloud of spray hundreds of feet into the air. Take to the air for an unforgettable view of the falls by helicopter, the best way to appreciate their staggering scale. Check in to your luxurious tree-house accommodations, built into the living canopy of giant ebony trees lining the riverbank. Take time to settle in before embarking on a sunset safari cruise on the Zambezi, stopping for pre-dinner cocktails and snacks. Venture out for an authentic African experience at Nakatindi Village, where you are welcomed by the locals and invited to learn how they live. Continue to the Elephant Wallow for a memorable afternoon with these gentle giants. After lunch on the banks of the river, interact with the elephants and experience their intelligence and majesty face to face. Your evenings end with sundowner cocktails amid Zambia’s scenic splendor. Meals: B L D Visit the Elephant Wallow for an interactive afternoon with Africa’s iconic pachyderms. Touch them, feed them, and even walk hand-in-trunk during this once-in-a- lifetime encounter. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Livingstone, Zambia Your luxury safari camp, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma, lies at a bend in the Zambezi River and consists of 12 private tree houses, as well as a two-story lodge with swimming pool, lounge and al fresco dining area. Sussi & Chuma is reserved exclusively for your party.
  6. 6. Botswana | Wildlife Along the River March 14-16 Your journey now takes you to Botswana, whose abundant waters mirror the boundless African skies and provide life-giving sustenance to a variety of wildlife. Your exquisite lodge sits above the Chobe River, with expansive views across the islands. The lounge and dining room connect to spectacular outdoor viewing patios, where you may glimpse Chobe’s renowned elephants: the park is home to a staggering 60,000, one of the largest concentrations in Africa. Explore the flora and fauna of this wildlife-rich area during daily game viewing activities: in addition to elephants, the Chobe plain boasts buffalo, leopards, lions, giraffes, kudus and hippos, all of which you may come across during your guided game drives through Chobe National Park. Back at the lodge, take time to unwind with a dip in the split-level swimming pool, book a Vichy shower treatment at the spa or grab a book from the library. Cap every evening with a lazy cruise down the Chobe River, cocktail in hand. Meals: B L D Please note that in order to provide you with exclusive accommodation at your luxury safari camps, your group will be split up during your visit to Zambia and Botswana, with half of the group visiting Botswana from March 11-13, followed by Zambia from March 14-16. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Chobe National Park, Botswana Reserved exclusively for you, Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero consists of 15 luxurious air-conditioned cottages, each with freestanding bath, indoor and outdoor showers, a private garden and a private balcony. A spa and a split-level pool make for a relaxing haven between game drives.
  7. 7. Namibia | Desert Dunes March 17-18 With its striking desert landscapes and ocean shoreline, Namibia presents some of the most remarkable scenery in Africa, and is a rewarding land to explore. Begin with a private cruise on picturesque Walvis Bay, keeping an eye out for the rich population of birds, seals and dolphins found in these waters. Continue to Sandwich Harbor to observe its resident flamingoes. Then, explore the desert dunes by off-road vehicle, cresting the 200-foot-high Roaring Dune for exceptional views of the surrounding landscape. The lunar-like dunes make a dramatic setting for the evening’s sundowner cocktail gathering, which comes complete with skydiving attendants bearing sparkling wine. Dinner in the desert is accompanied by fire spinners and a marimba band and set amid a backdrop of high cliffs glowing in the candlelight. Later, join a stargazing session under the African skies. Meals: B L D Experience a feast of a lifetime in the dunes of Namibia, and extravaganza complete with sparkling wine delivered by parachute and a performance by local musicians. Swakopmund Hotel Swakopmund, Namibia Partially built in a restored, turn-of-the-century train station, Swakopmund Hotel provides first-rate hospitality in a characterful local setting, with amenities that include a swimming pool, wellness center and casino.
  8. 8. South Africa | The Finale March 19-20 After the almost otherworldly vistas of Namibia, South Africa presents a landscape more familiar, if equally beautiful, with modern cities and tended fields nestled alongside mountains and scrubland. Arrive in Cape Town and proceed to iconic Table Mountain where, weather permitting, you travel by aerial cable car to the summit for panoramic views of the sea and city. Continue to Signal Hill for canapés and sundowner drinks overlooking some of Cape Town’s amazing coastline as you enjoy a performance by the Cape Minstrels. This evening, toast your incredible African adventure at a gala farewell dinner at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium. Enjoy dinner and drinks accompanied by a spectacular pageant of sand tiger sharks, loggerhead turtles, rays and other ocean dwellers — an astonishing capstone to an already extraordinary journey. Transfer to the airport the next morning for your flight home. Meals: B L D (March 20: B) Cape Grace Cape Town, South Africa Voted the #2 Hotel in the World in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards, Cape Grace lives up to its name with a distinctive blend of tradition, sophistication and contemporary comfort —not to mention stunning views of nearby Table Mountain and the waterfront.
  9. 9. TERMS & CONDITIONS GENERAL INFORMATION Price is $79,995 per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $14,995. Payment may be made using any major credit card, check or wire transfer, and all payments are secured in an escrow account. Included in the quoted program price: Aircraft: The private jet flights will be performed using a Boeing 737-700 jet with 44 VIP-style seats from Rome, routing via Addis Ababa, Entebbe, Arusha, Livingstone, Windhoek and Cape Town. The air carrier for the private jet flights will be PrivatAir. Additionally, local charter flights will be used within Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Namibia. Depending on location and final group size, a combination of Cessna Caravans, Islanders and Cessna C-210 aircraft will be used for the local charters. Airfare: Airfare from your home town to Rome at the beginning of the tour and from Cape Town to your home town at the end of the tour is not included in the program price. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, is happy to assist you in reserving commercial flights from your home city to Rome, Italy, and from Cape Town, South Africa, to your home city, in the class of service that you prefer. Please contact A&K for our specially negotiated international airfares. Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available at a supplementary cost. Single accommodations are limited on this program. A limited number of suite upgrades are available at additional cost at some destinations and can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: A&K will assign seats on the private jet and hotel/camp accommodations on a first-come, first- served basis at its discretion. All meals beginning with dinner March 2 in Rome and ending with breakfast on March 20 in Cape Town. Bottled water at all meals and on excursions. Local/house beer and wine at all lunches and dinners where available. Transfers on arrival in Rome and departure from Cape Town are included, regardless of the day of arrival or departure. Baggage: On the private jet, each participant is strictly limited to 80 pounds of checked baggage in a maximum of two suitcases. Small carry-ons should be limited to one per person. Baggage, when not handled by Abercrombie & Kent, and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant. Check with your selected airline for other baggage restrictions applicable to your flight into Rome and out of Cape Town. On local charter flights within Uganda and Tanzania, baggage is strictly limited to 33 pounds per person. Soft-sided luggage is required and a duffle bag for this purpose will be provided by Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, for each guest prior to departure. The remainder of guests’ luggage will be stored by Abercrombie & Kent during these program segments. For the charter flight between Windhoek and Walvis Bay, Namibia, guests are strictly limited to 22 pounds of soft- sided luggage per person. The bulk of your luggage will follow by surface and will be delivered to you at Swakopmund Hotel, so you need only take your A&K duffel bag with items of immediate need for arrival in Walvis Bay. Services of professional A&K Tour Director, Tour Managers and Travelling Bell Boy throughout the itinerary; local guides are provided as appropriate. Hotel and airport taxes. Internet access will be limited in some destinations; where available, complimentary Internet access is included. Entrance fees during all sightseeing tours. All gratuities, including those for your professional A&K Tour Director/Managers and Travelling Bell Boy. Not included in the quoted program price: Passenger Travel Protection Plan; airfares to join/leave the program; additional or alternative sightseeing not included in the itinerary; excess baggage charges; personal expenses such as costs to obtain passports and visas which are not included in the tour cost; special assistance; meals other than specified in the itinerary; premium liquor except on the private jet and during special events; beverages, unless noted as included in group meals; personal laundry; and communication charges. A&K’s Passenger Travel Protection Plan, which provides cancellation coverage, medical coverage and protection against lost or damaged luggage, is not included in the tour price and is strongly recommended. Details will be sent with confirmation. Insurance must be purchased by second deposit. Itinerary, accommodations and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond A&K’s control. Every effort will be made to operate the tour as planned. PRICES & ARRANGEMENTS  The quoted tour price includes planning, handling and operational charges, and is based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of January 2013. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, reserves the right to increase tour price to cover increased costs, fuel surcharges, tariffs and taxes after brochure is published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange markets. Marco Polo Club discount is not applicable to this program. Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, also reserves the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it, to make such alterations in the itinerary, to change the maximum number of passengers, or with the tour inclusions as it deems necessary or desirable and to pass on to tour members any expenditures or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. Visa Documents/Entry Permits: To participate on the tour, entry visas and/or entry permits will be required for the following featured countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. Please note that visas for Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania will be processed locally and delivered on arrival into these countries; the fees for these visas are included in the cost of the tour. A multi-entry visa will be needed for Zambia and this cannot be processed locally; processing fees for this are NOT included in the tour and must be handled directly by the tour participant prior to departure from the USA. Information and instructions for the procurement of a Zambian visa will be provided in your pre-tour documentation. Failure to obtain visas and/or entry permits does not negate the terms and conditions. Any extra costs for rerouting participants without visas and/or entry permits will be the responsibility of the participant. Health Requirements: This is an active program, which requires you to make a realistic assessment of your health. All participants are expected to be in active good health, to enjoy travelling as part of a group, and to be ready to experience cultural differences with grace. Walking and climbing stairs are required in many hotels and airports, to board the aircraft, and as part of many excursions. Prior to travelling, we highly recommend visiting your personal physician for a check-up, so that you may discuss your ability to participate in this type of journey. Malaria and other diseases are present in some of the countries featured in this itinerary; proof of yellow fever inoculation is required. For the latest recommendations on specific health precautions for the areas you will visit, consult your physician and the Centers for Disease Control. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment should be reported in writing when the reservation is made. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate participants with special needs; however, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs. If you require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements will be made for private touring at each destination, if necessary, at the discretion of our tour staff. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the participant. If you would like to forego some of the scheduled sightseeing to rejuvenate and relax, please feel free to do so at any time. REGISTRATION & PAYMENT SCHEDULE Monies should be mailed to Abercrombie & Kent, USA, LLC, 1411 Opus Place, Executive Towers West II, Suite 300, Downers Grove, IL 60515. A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 per person is required at the time of booking. A second non- refundable deposit of $15,000 per person is due by July 5, 2013. A third non-refundable deposit of $20,000 is due by September 3, 2013. Final payment is due by November 2, 2013. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure (after November 2, 2013), the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of confirmation. All payments received by Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, for travel services on this charter program are protected in part by the Public Charter Escrow Join Geoffrey Kent in Africa. Make your reservation today. Book today to reserve your preferred seat on the aircraft. For reservations and additional information, call 888 755 3491 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST) or contact your travel professional. An exclusive private charter for 40 guests | $79,995 per person, double occupancy | $14,995 single supplement
  10. 10. Service Agreement (“Agreement”) by and between Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, and Shelby Financial Corporation, as the Escrow Agent in favor of the charter participants. Claims should be filed directly with Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, and Shelby Financial Corporation, Attention: Michael Glynn, 5 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 110, Malvern, PA 19355 within 60 days after the completion of the trip. Otherwise, Shelby Financial Corporation and Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, shall be released from all liability to you under this Agreement. All checks and money orders must be made payable to “Shelby Financial Corporation – Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, Escrow Account,” or to your travel agent, who in turn must make a check payable to “Shelby Financial Corporation – Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, Escrow Account.” CANCELLATION Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of the postmark, fax or email receipt. Cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. The insurance premium must be paid at the time of second deposit. If protection for cancellation due to pre- existing medical conditions is required, the insurance requirement must be confirmed at the time of booking. CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON Date Amount Before July 5, 2013 $5,000 Between July 5 and September 2, 2013 $20,000 Between September 3 and November 1, 2013 $40,000 On or after November 2, 2013 100% of the program price CLAIMS & REFUNDS Refunds will not be made for any missed services or missed days. An Operator-Participant Contract will be sent to you upon confirmation that outlines your right to cancel and receive a full refund in case of major changes. PHOTOGRAPHY DURING TRAVEL Abercrombie & Kent reserves the right to take photographs during the operation of any program or part thereof and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a reservation with A&K, program members agree to allow their images to be used in such photographs. Program members who prefer that their images not be used are asked to identify themselves to their Tour Director at the beginning of their program. Limits on Abercrombie & Kent’s Responsibility Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, its employees, shareholders, officers, directors, successors, agents and assigns (collectively A&K), does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers (including from time to time other affiliated Abercrombie & Kent companies). All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, A&K is not liable for any negligent or willful act of any such person or entity or of any third person. In addition and without limitation, A&K is not responsible for any injury, financial or physical loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. There are many inherent risks in adventure travel of the type involved here, which can lead to illness, injury, or even death. These risks are increased by the fact that these trips take place in remote locations, far from medical facilities. Passenger assumes all such risks associated with participating in this trip. Travel Advisories and Warnings It is the responsibility of the traveller to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.S. State Department’s travel website at travel.state.gov or by phone at 888 407 4747. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should the traveller still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the traveller assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that may arise out of the events such as those advised or warned against. Arbitration Agreement Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits on Abercrombie & Kent’s Responsibility clause, to the brochure, to any information relating in any way to the trip, to the trip itself, or to any products or services related to the trip, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, except that (a) in lieu of a personal appearance at arbitration, the arbitration may be conducted by telephonic means, (b) arbitration is the exclusive forum for dispute resolution (no court actions), and (c) except as otherwise provided by statute, each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrator and administrative fees. Traveller’s Representations The traveller represents that neither he nor she nor anyone travelling with him or her has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to him or herself or other members of the tour. A&K reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a trip, and to remove from the trip, at his or her sole expense, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or herself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip. Additional guest assistance is available at a supplemental cost. AIR TRANSPORTATION TO ROME AND FROM CAPE TOWN Upon request we will arrange the best-priced airfare available in the class category you request at the time of your booking. Please note that certain airfares are subject to a service fee. Should you cancel or change your air reservation before or after your departure, cancellation penalties may apply. Air reservations will not be confirmed until a passport copy is received. ALL AIRFARES AND CONDITIONS THEREOF ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. These programs may use the services of any IATA carrier. International air carriers are subject to international air conventions limiting their liability. The limitations of liability are contained on the reverse side of the airline ticket and form part of the terms and conditions of this package. The passage contract in use by these companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the companies and the purchaser of these travel programs and/or passage. A&K reserves the right to substitute, without giving reason, another one or more aircraft of suitable standard and configuration for the aircraft operated. ANY PAYMENT TO ABERCROMBIE & KENT CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN, WHICH MUST BE CONFIRMED BY SIGNATURE ON THE OPERATOR-PARTICIPANT CONTRACT THAT WILL BE SENT TO YOU UPON CONFIRMATION OF YOUR RESERVATION. ONE NAME: ONE UNPARALLELED STANDARD WORLDWIDE Throughout this brochure, you’ll see references to “Abercrombie & Kent” (or simply “A&K”). This is our shorthand for the many independent A&K companies that work with Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC, of Downers Grove, Illinois, to provide its travellers with a consistent worldwide standard of expertise and excellence in travel. 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